June 2010


In a news piece aired yesterday (June 2nd) by Australian Broadcasting Corporation (“ABC”), Janette Lang, a former high-ranking member of the Church of Scientology in Canberra, told ABC how she was forced to go on welfare due to the dirt low salary while working for the church:

Janette Lang, who worked for the church for seven years, says the most she was paid in a year was $3,114 in 2001.

She was second in charge of the Church of Scientology in Canberra at the time.

Ms Lang says she had to go on welfare to get by. She says this practice was widespread in the church.

The Church of Scientology official statement regarding the above:

the Church denies any widespread use of welfare by its staff members. Her allegations are unfounded and false.

However, a news article dated May 31st, 1974, published in The Albertan, provide insights on the practice of encouraging staff members to be on welfare while working for the church. This is described in a Scientology policy letter entitled “MOONLIGHTING,” as per news article:

In a further document, entitled HCO Policy Letter of October 6, 1970, Issue II, Personnel Series No. 10, MOONLIGHTING, the organization says “Moonlighting on the government would be quite permissable. With governments anxious to hand out welfare, in some depressed areas it would be quite all right to go on the dole or relief and work as a church volunteer in the org. (anization). Org Staffs under such duress can even live as monasteries for food shelter and pocket money. . .”

Now, all (non-fiction) writing by founder L. Ron Hubbard are considered “scriptures” by the Church of Scientology, which means that taking advantage of welfare while working for the church is encouraged by Church of Scientology’s scriptures, as seen above.

Also, another statement from the Church of Scientology which deserves attention:

Our Church staff are volunteers and understand this and are not helping for the purpose of financial gain

The above statement runs contrary to the Church of Scientology’s practice of remunerating its staff member proportionally to the total income of an organization (“org”), here again, as mandated by church scriptures. All this is neatly detailed, along with policy letter references, in an excellent post by Mark Plummer, former Sea Org member and a walking encyclopedia on Scientology inner working:

It is a basic policy of Scientology, based upon Hubbard’s writings to “reward up statistics and punish [also called penalize] down statistics”. When a Scientology organization’s stats are down [and not just the “GI” (gross income)], the org is punished in the form of a decreased financial allocation.  It’s a matter of simple mathematics.

Financial reward/punishment is certainly a strong incentive for staff members to perform (increase income of the org) in their duty on behalf of the Church of Scientology. This is even further highlighted by the use of commissions to reward staff members:

From the revenue generated by the sale of books, tapes, E-Meters and other such items handled through the HCO account, the Org pays a commission to the seller. In this instance, SCIENTOLOGY pays the commission whether the seller is a staff member or not, this commission is paid even if the staff member makes a sale during post hours. The person who sells the book or other item receives a 15% commission for the sale. These commissions are paid on weekly basis to the seller. This system of commissions encourages the staff member, with a low number of units allocated to his post, to sell more and more such items, due to the fact that these commissions are paid on a regular basis. …

Another method of motivation used by SCIENTOLOGY is to offer a commission on auditing and training. This also encourages members to sell more of these services which generates a greater revenue for SCIENTOLOGY and staff members. …

These commissions are also paid to regular staff members who recruit new members during their off post hours. …

This pyramid system encourages those in SCIENTOLOGY to constantly sell SCIENTOLOGY. …

[Source: INFORMATION TO OBTAIN A SEARCH WARRANT.]

Here again, the Church of Scientology’s statements is diametrically opposed to its practices.

More info re. ABC’s piece at whyweprotest.net.

Related, from the library: Salary.

Excerpt:

… she suggested church members would drift off to independent Scientologists who, she claimed, can provide the same service for a fraction of the price.

“The church is losing tons of people tired of paying $3,500 for 12 and a half hours of auditing,” she said.

Her husband agreed. Contrary to Hubbard’s teachings, members are now encouraged to take out loans to cover the cost of auditing, Chuck Dean said. …

… “They’re moneymongers,” he said of church leadership. “They want to amass as much money as possible for themselves.”

These excerpts come from an article dated June 2nd, 1984.

Isn’t it amazing how the above claims fits exactly some of the accusations leveled recently at the Church of Scientology by a new wave of ex-members?

Isn’t even more amazing that many of these recent ex-members were themselves high-ranking members back in 1984, about 25 years ago, at the time the accusation of “money mongering” were made?

“Money mongering” does seem to be a natural outcome of L. Ron Hubbard (the founder) doctrines and policies — which are Scientology ‘scriptures.’

I wonder what kind of stories we will hear 25 years from now.

Full article: Youngsters expelled from school in Church of Scientology storm | Seattle Post-Intelligencer | 2 June 1984.